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Conflict in "The Merchant of Venice"

Summary: In William Shakespeare's play "The Merchant of Venice," the conflict between Antonio and Shylock is the most evident example of the theme of conflict explored by Shakespeare. Epitomizing and emphasizing the ongoing conflict in beliefs between Christians and Jews, this conflict comes to a climax in Act III, Scene 1; Shylock is single-minded in his determination to have his bond and his revenge against Antonio, but loopholes cause him to be denied his pound of flesh.
Conflict in `the Merchant of Venice'

In Shakespeare's `a Merchant of Venice', conflict is a major theme that can be seen throughout the play in the main plot and every subplot. It is evident on a personal level, such as between Shylock and Antonio or Shylock and Jessica, and on a larger scale, such as between the Jewish and Christian communities in Venice. The most evident conflict in this play is between the protagonist and the antagonist, Antonio and Shylock respectively, but can be seen to epitomise and emphasise the ongoing conflict in beliefs between the Christians and Jews. For this reason, this particular conflict shall be explored in this essay.

The conflict can be seen from as early as Act 1 Scene 3 when we are made aware of Antonio's treatment of Shylock. We are told that he called the Jew `misbeliever', `cut-throat dog' and...

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